Russian subs near undersea cables concerns U.S.

Daily News Article - October 27, 2015


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

NOTE TO STUDENTS: Before answering the questions, read the “Background” and watch the video under "Resources".

2. Why are U.S. officials concerned about Russia’s activities now? (What recent indications do they have that Russia could be planning an attack on undersea cables?)

3. What potential effect would a Russian attack on cables have on the U.S.?

4. Cables get cut all the time. Why is an attack by Russia of such concern?

5. a) Re-read paragraph 8. The Russian attack would affect private companies and citizens’ communications. How are U.S. military cables protected?
b) What do officials say Russia might be trying to do about those cables?

6. How do you know the U.S. government views as vital the undersea cables used for global internet communications?

7. a) The presidential primary season is in full swing. What personal qualities and foreign/military policies do you think our next president should have to protect the U.S. from such threats?
b) Ask a parent or grandparent the same question. Discuss your answers.